I recently heard some colleagues taking about a potential new hire they had just interviewed. During the conversation, one of the team members turned to their supervisor and asked, “So, are you going to hire this person?” To which the supervisor replied, “You tell me.”
From a leadership standpoint, I loved this supervisor’s response. In those 3 short words they conveyed to their team that:
- This was a decision the team would make, not just the leader.
- They valued the team’s input.
- They trusted the team to know best whether someone would be a good fit.
As leaders, it’s important to seek input from those we lead when their insights can aid in the decision making process. When we do, we not only help our organization make better decisions, we also increase the likelihood that those involved in the decision making process will buy in to the decision as well.